Fall 2021
Fall 2021
Advancing Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavor


Robert J. Bernhard, Vice President for Research
Bob Bernhard,
Vice President for Research
Greetings from Notre Dame.
On September 9th the University announced that I will step down as Vice President for Research (VPR) at the end of my third term on June 30, 2022. The search for my successor as VPR at Notre Dame has begun. The position description and application process will be publicly announced soon. From my perspective, I would have preferred that the announcement be delayed. It is a long time until June and there is much to do! But, the formal search process is important and it was time to get started.

Research News

Notre Dame to lead $25 million SpectrumX project; first NSF spectrum innovation initiative center

The SpectrumX project is bringing together experts from 29 organizations led by Notre Dame's Nick Laneman to transform the landscape of spectrum research, education, collaboration, and management. SpectrumX will address concerns about the increasing demands of commercial wireless networks as well as the greater needs of scientific, satellite, and defense applications, among others.

Low-cost, portable device could diagnose heart attacks in minutes

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, professors Pinar Zorlutuna and Hsueh-Chia Chang and their team at Notre Dame and the University of Florida have developed a sensor that could diagnose a heart attack in less than 30 minutes, based on a study in Lab on a Chip. Currently, analysis of a blood sample to confirm a heart attack can take up to eight hours.
Patricia Clark awarded NIH Pioneer Award, the first in Indiana

For hurricane victims, prolonged disruption of utilities, limited preparation lead to longer recovery times

Studying major hurricanes, Sisi Meng, assistant teaching professor of economics and technology for development at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, and her co-authors found that the fate of hurricane victims depends on a number of factors including preparation, previous experience with hurricanes, and how quickly utility services are restored. In their latest papers in Economics of Disasters and Climate Change and the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Record, they note that the kind of information that emergency agencies relay to the public also plays a big role.

Researchers use AI to unlock the secrets of ancient texts

Walter Scheirer, the Dennis O. Doughty Collegiate Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and his team are developing an artificial neural network to read complex ancient handwriting based on human perception to improve the capabilities of deep learning transcription. In research published by the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers Journal, Schierer outlines how his team combined traditional methods of machine learning with visual psychophysics.

Experiment on International Space Station aims to improve cancer detection

Tengfei Luo, professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, conducted an experiment aboard the International Space Station remotely to form water vapor bubbles in an environment without gravity.
NDIAS Artist in residence named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

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Department Chair, Africana Studies

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Charles L. Huisking Professor of Mathematics

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Cluster Search in Data Science and Society

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